On March 4, 2017, the CSU Rams faced off with Air Force in a double header and this would be the start of a slew of games for the Rams that weekend. The weekend also included a double header against Western Nebraska on Sunday and a night cap game on Tuesday against Metro State.
Game one of the Air Force double header featured a Rams victory in handy fashion, with the final score being 7-0. The Rams were led by the superb pitching performance by Phelan Castellano, as he threw 5 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 5 Falcons on the day. The offense was led by a number of players including Matt Davis who led the team in hits with 2 on the day and driving in one of the runs. Jared Van Vark was another player who had himself a day as he went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases in the game. Then Ryan Wargo came in to shut the door on game one and sealing the victory for the Rams.
Game two was just more of the same in both fronts for the Rams. Phil Miller got the start on the bump, going 5 strong innings and only giving up one earned run and another unearned run. He went on to strike out 7 batters on just 66 pitches. The offense was highlighted by Sam Hughes who delivered a bases clearing double. Both Brandon Severinsen and Matt Hart recorded two hits and an RBI each in the 12-2 victory over the Air Force Falcons.
Game three occurred on Sunday against Western Nebraska Community College, in another double header. Unfortunately for the Rams they could not pull out the win this time, going down 7-3 in a hard-fought game. The Rams offense struggled to get anything going throughout the game only recording 5 hits on the day including a Jake Walker double. Clint Watt got the start on the mound and went 6 innings but unfortunately giving up 5 runs and 2 earned on the day.
Game four went in a complete opposite direction as the Rams routed the Cougars 10-2. The Rams were led on the bump by Jared Van Vark who pitched 5 strong innings and giving up only one run, he was followed up by Kevin Roberts who shut the door on the Cougars by putting up 2 strong innings to seal the deal. At the plate, the Rams hitters had quite a field day as three players recorded multiple hit games. Led by Matt Davis who recorded an astounding 4 RBI’s on two hits including a double.
On Tuesday March 7, the Rams faced off against the Metro State Roadrunners in a night cap game. The Rams prevailed over Metro State but in nail biter as the Rams won 7-6. The Rams pitching staff struggled a bit at first but slowly got stronger as the game went on, led by Brad Johnson who came in in relief, pitching four strong innings striking out 6 Roadrunners. The offense suffered the same effect as the pitching staff by starting out slow. As the game progressed, the Rams bats came alive. Jace Evans recorded two hits including a triple and driving in one run. The game was tied going into the bottom of the eighth when Matt Smith hit a ball deep to center field and produced a sacrifice fly that scored Cody Byrnes and recorded the winning run. Final score Rams 7 and Roadrunners 6.
In the week ahead the Colorado State Rams look to continue their success in a tournament in Sunnyvale, California. The Rams will be playing six games in the tournament and are aiming to take every single one. The teams included will be Northern Arizona, Chico State, Washington State, and many more. The tournament starts March 13th when the Rams will take on St. Mary’s College.